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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives and prevent injuries at work, at home, on our roads and in our communities through education, training, leadership and advocacy. With nearly 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 


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Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of August 1, 2014
Appareo Systems
Atlas Foundation Company
Condenser & Boiler Tools, Inc
Creative Concrete, LLC
Integrated Petroleum Technologies, Inc
Napa Auto Parts of Bismarck
ND DOT - Dickinson District
Scull Construction Service of ND, Inc.
Vanguard Fire & Security, Inc
Witt O'Brien's
 
Renewing Members as of August 1, 2014
Acme Tools
American Casing and Equipment
Baker Boy Bake Shop, Inc.
Billings County
Bob's Oilfield Service
Borsheim Crane Service
Brady, Martz & Associates
Brand Services
Braun Intertec Corporation
Buffalo Concrete & DO-MOR Excavating
C & J'S NDT, INC.
Caldwell Tanks, Inc
CF Industries, Inc.
City Air Mechanical, Inc.
City of Minot
Community Action Partnership
Comstock Construction
Comstock Construction
CWSTRUCTURAL Engineers
Emerson Process Management - Instrument & Valve Services Company
Engineering America Inc
ETS Oilfield, LP
Fargo Freightliner
Grace Consulting
Gravel Products, Inc.
Great Plains Technical Services
Hellervik Oilfield Communications
Integrity Windows & Doors
Job Erection & Engineering, Inc.
Mactech Onsite
May-Port CG School District
Mid-America Steel, Inc.
Midcontinent Communications
Nash Finch Company
ND DOT - Central Office
North Prairie Rural Water District
Northern Coatings, Inc.
Northrop Grumman Corporation
ONEOK Rockies Midstream LLC
Prairie Companies
Pro-Mark Services, Inc.
RDO Equipment
Riekes Equipment Co.
Stantec
Subsurface, Inc.
Targa Badlands, LLC
Telecom Training and Safety
The Boldt Company
Thermal Energy Products
Total Control Inc.
Trihydro Corporation
Ultra Green Packaging, Inc.
UND Energy & Research
Valley Memorial Homes

 


 


Flagger Training

NDSC Expands Presence,
Hires Safety Consultant in Dickinson

Bill Ballton
August 27, 2014 -
The North Dakota Safety Council has hired Bill Ballton as their new Western North Dakota Safety Consultant. He is stationed in Dickinson and will be responsible for business development and workplace safety training across the Bakken.
 
Ballton joins the NDSC with more than 25 years of experience in safety and health, and 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His diverse background in fire, safety and emergency management will benefit the organization as they pursue their mission of improving workplace safety in North Dakota.
 
Ballton will teach numerous safety courses for the NDSC, including advanced occupational safety courses, PEC Core Compliance and PEC Basic Instructor courses, First Aid/CPR, Defensive Driving, and supervisory training.
 
Ballton can be reached at (701) 220-4012 or
WilliamB@ndsc.org.


Stay Safe this Labor Day Weekend

August 26, 2014 - The National Safety Council estimates 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1.

It also is estimated that 144 lives may be saved this Labor Day holiday period by buckling up.

To ensure a safer Labor Day holiday weekend, the NDSC and NSC recommend drivers: 

  • Refrain from using cell phones – handheld or hands-free – because there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving 
  • Do not manipulate in-vehicle infotainment systems or electronic devices, including GPS systems, while the vehicle is in motion
  • Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size 
  • Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
  • Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
  • Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi

To learn more safe driving tips, attend one of the NDSC’s Defensive Driving courses scheduled around the state. Click here to learn more or find a course in your area.


New Fact Sheet on the Business Case for
Injury & Illness Prevention Programs

August 25, 2014 - The National Safety Council has released a fact sheet to help employers understand why injury and illness prevention programs are important and effective. It lists some of the direct and indirect costs that injuries and illnesses can have on a business, as well as the benefits of having a structured safety program. The fact sheet was produced as part of an NSC-OSHA Alliance agreement, which aims to save lives and prevent unintentional workplace injuries.

Click here to access the fact sheet.


New Oil & Gas Field Leadership Course Offered in North Dakota
 
August 14, 2014 – According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 21 workers have been killed in North Dakota's oilfields since January 2012, accounting for 54 percent of all deaths investigated by OSHA. Oil and gas industry leaders have joined forces to develop Field Leadership for Oil and Gas Extraction and Production, a course designed to combat the deadly combination of an inexperienced supervisor who is leading with a lack of leadership training and safety communication skills.
 
The North Dakota Safety Council and Rocky Mountain Education Center will launch the new course in Dickinson September 23 through 25 at the Strom Center.
 
In the oil and gas industry, many supervisors are promoted from the field as technicians. The Field Leadership course is designed for these new leaders to help bridge the gap between knowing how to get the job done and how to effectively guide others in completing the job. Participants will practice proven techniques in communicating, motivating and inspiring a diverse workforce to achieve the desired balance of worker safety, quality work and production outcomes.
 
 

New Kit Available to Employers to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

July 25, 2014 – A new guide and toolkit from the National Safety Council can help employers learn the facts about how employee use of prescription painkillers increases safety and health risks at work, and seriously impacts employee recovery and the bottom line in workers’ compensation.

Sign up to access this comprehensive Employer Kit to help educate managers and employees about the risks related to prescription drug use at work. This kit is available at no cost to you. It contains the following materials to help you communicate and develop policies around use of prescription painkillers:

  • Fact segments and handouts
  • 5-Minute Safety Talks
  • Poster Series
  • Infographics
  • And more!

Click here to learn more and download the toolkit.


Former Highway Patrol Superintendent Joins NDSC
 
Jim ProchniakJuly 21, 2014 - The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) has hired Jim Prochniak as their new Alcohol Education Coordinator. Prochniak joins the NDSC after 27 years with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP), where he recently retired from his position as Superintendent, a title appointed to him in 2009 by Gov. John Hoeven.
 
While at the NDHP, Prochniak received more than 3,000 hours of training and held many positions, including District Captain, Emergency Response Team Commander, and Safety & Education Sergeant. He is also an FBI National Academy graduate, crash reconstructionist and National Safety Council Defensive Driving Instructor.
 
Prochniak joins the NDSC as they launch new efforts to reduce alcohol-related injuries and fatalities in North Dakota. As the Alcohol Education Coordinator, he will develop new prevention programs that will address issues such as the over-use and over-serving of alcohol.
 
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work for the North Dakota Safety Council," says Prochniak. "Helping provide a safe community was a large part of my life with the Patrol. Now, as part of the NDSC, I can continue to educate and influence citizens to make positive choices that keep people safe."
 
Prochniak will be stationed at the NDSC's Fargo office and can be reached at
JimP@ndsc.org or (701) 793-1978.


OSHA Delays Enforcement on Electrical Rule

July 11, 2014 - OSHA has delayed its enforcement of recently revised standards that pertain to electric power generation, transmission and distribution installations.

The new electrical safety requirements took effect July 10, but OSHA has announced it will not enforce compliance until October 31. OSHA's revised standards are intended to better protect people who work on or near electric power lines by bringing the agency's construction standard for electric power line work more in line with the general industry standard.

OSHA's updated standards also include new or revised requirements for fall protection, minimum approach distances, arc-flash protection, and electrical protective equipment for both construction and general industry.

According to OSHA, the rule is expected to prevent about 20 deaths and 118 injuries per year.


NDSC Conference Certificates Available

Certificates of Attendance are available for the NDSC's 2014 Safety & Health Conference. To acquire a copy of your certificate, please contact Serena Schmit at SerenaS@ndsc.org or Kayla Schramm at KaylaS@ndsc.org.
 


News You Can Use


Council issues fact sheet on the business case for I2P2
August 25, 2014 - The National Safety Council has released a fact sheet to help employers understand why injury and illness prevention programs are important and effective. 

NHTSA tool allows drivers to search for vehicle recalls
August 25, 2014 - The vehicle that you drive might be unsafe. Now, a free online resource developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help you find out.

Study examines how, why teen drivers crash
August 25, 2014 - In a recent study of motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers, rear-ending a stopped vehicle was the No. 1 crash scenario, according to researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

NIOSH shares sleep tips for truck drivers
August 25, 2014 - NIOSH on Aug. 19 released a brochure with advice on how truck drivers can achieve better sleep while on the road or at home.

ATRI asks truckers to identify most important safety issues in industry
August 25, 2014 - The American Transportation Research Institute recently launched its annual survey that aims to determine the most important safety issues within the trucking industry.

Daylight improves workers' sleep, quality of life: study
August 25, 2014 - Working near a window could improve an employee's sleep and overall quality of life, suggests a study from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

OSHA creating forms to help with applying for variances
August 25, 2014 - OSHA is developing a new set of forms intended to help employers who apply for variances from certain requirements in federal worker protection standards.

NIOSH releases draft document on workplace tobacco policies
August 25, 2014 - NIOSH has issued a draft document on improving workplace health and safety through tobacco policies, and the agency is requesting stakeholder feedback.

OSHA issues resources on farm vehicle rollover protection
August 25, 2014 - Noting the high number of farm-related deaths involving vehicles and equipment, OSHA on Aug. 15 released two QuickCards intended to educate employers on protecting agricultural workers from these hazards.

Click here for full news stories on our News page.


The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.